In the Booth: An Interview with Antonio, Events Manager

In the Booth: An Interview with Antonio, Events Manager

01 September 2023

We sat down with Antonio Castaldo, our newest member of the team, to find out a little bit more about him and how he came to join us at Ministry Venues.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into the events industry?

As a professional performer for over 15 years, working as an actor and presenter for TV, Film and Theatre, my time in the entertainment industry was an amazing adventure that took me all around the world - from over the pond in Miami all the way down under to Sydney.

The diverse transferable skills I obtained as an entertainer accompanied by my wealth of experience in the hospitality industry fit beautifully in line with the Event Manager role which provided me the opportunity to showcase my skills in the selling, planning and operating of events. I’ve always been fascinated with the Events Industry and so when I had the chance to leap into it, it just felt right when I did.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?

I love travelling; I’m an absolute wanderlust who enjoys meeting new people, discovering unfamiliar places and experiencing different cultures. Catching the latest West-End hit with a cocktail or two as well as spending quality time with my fabulous friends and family.

3. What do you like most about working in Events?

I live for the adrenaline rush that I feel when juggling balls and spinning plates in the circus of managing an event; finding unique solutions to the unpredictable moments that occur before and during an event. Ultimately, what fills me with the most pride is witnessing the pure joy and satisfaction, from both the client and their guests, after I've helped them architect an unforgettable experience.

4. If you could swap lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – what a beast of a man – the amount of energy he possesses is unbelievable. It's such an inspiration to see where he came from to what he has accomplished now. To be The Rock for the day would be the closest feeling we mere mortals have of being a superhuman. Just to experience his cheat day meals alone would be amazing.

5. What have been the standout moments in your career?

I have been incredibly fortunate to have a few career highlights in my life – from hosting the red carpet at London Fashion Week, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, doubling for Harry Potter and launching the World’s Largest Cruise Ship … but to come back to the wonderful world of events, I would say managing the mighty mammoth Pride In London LGBT+ event earlier this year. It was such an honour and it was the perfect combination of challenge, chaos, enjoyment and excitement!

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